James T. “Jim” Rice, 72, passed away on November 23, 2020 at Perry County Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Owensboro, Kentucky on June 30, 1948 to the late J.T. Rice, and Mary Jo (Batie) Rice. Jim is preceded in death by an infant brother, Dennis Harlan Rice. Jim’s upbringing was far from being an only child as he was surrounded by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends with whom he was close.
Jim was a 1966 graduate of Tell City High School and attended Indiana University and Cumberland College. He was united in marriage on August 3, 1968 to Kris Sandage. Jim dedicated the majority of his working years to public service. He started his career working for The Job Corps division of the Forest Service in both Indiana and Kentucky. He spent the majority of his career as a dedicated Probation Officer for Perry County, a role in which he served from 1981 until his retirement in 2013.
Jim was an avid reader and also enjoyed listening to opera, playing golf, online scrabble, solving sudokus, watching movies and being a good lap for his dogs, Daphne and Dewey and cat, Dr. Grey. He deeply valued relationships with his family and friends. He was known for his great sense of humor and skilled storytelling. He’ll be remembered as a loving and fun husband, dad, grandfather (Pappy) and friend. Jim will be missed by many.
Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Kris Rice, Tell City; daughters, Jamie Rice-Henig (Dan) Portland, OR and Maryann “Poppy” Rice, Louisville, KY; granddaughters, Ariella and Sasha Henig; and his beloved aunts, Janice Batie Fry, Eaton Rapids, MI and Janet Rice Craig, Shepardsville, KY.
There will be no services at this time given the health risks of the pandemic; Jim preferred warm weather anyway. The family is hopeful that a memorial gathering will be safe by spring or early summer 2021 and will follow up with details at a later time. Huber Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Perry County Humane Society.
Messages of condolence can be left at www.huberfuneralhome.net